Cap Closes Down the Rim on the Sixers

After alternating big margin home victories in Games 2 & 3 the Sixers and Lakers played Game 4 of the 1982 NBA Finals at The Forum in Inglewood.  Let’s begin…

The Showtime Lakers dominate early as Norm Nixon and Magic Johnson direct the show.  LA’s defense keys offense as none other than Clay Johnson, who was signed from Billings of the CBA, gets a steal and a breakaway jam.  Dick Stockton mentions that Clay could be starting for a number of teams around the league.  Unfortunately these would be his only two Finals points.  The 6’4″ twenty-five year old Guard would play 97 career games in the NBA.  In his post playing days he mentors kids in Kansas City and began a foundation for youths.

Philly is down 29-18 after the 1st quarter.  Despite the Lakers excellent play SportsCenter would have to show this fine block by Maurice Cheeks…

Kareem set the tone on defense getting three first half blocks of his own.  Erving, Dawkins and the Joneses would not be getting inside baskets on this night.  Thanks to Cap’s presence The Doctor went only 3-4 in the first half.  His most memorable moment was actually a 2nd qtr charge call against him on a fast-break.

In addition to the lack of inside offense Billy Cunningham’s team was plagued by turnovers as the Lakers had 7 steals in the first half and accumulated 22 fast-break points compared to only 2 for Philly.

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